Just lately I tried fishing a crawler harness with about only eight inches between spinner and swivel with a 3/8oz. bell sinker(casting). Seems to work well on my weedy, muddy bottomed lake. Much more sensitivity to bites than a longer leash, and the sinker kicks up a bit of bottom right in front of the lure.
Anybody else try this, and how come most use 2'-3' of leader between spinner and hook anyways? Thanks.